Santorum to address Franklin Co. Republicans

October 02, 2012|B |

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Party’s Eisenhower Day Dinner.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Green Grove Gardens off Pa. 16.

County party chairman Dwight Weidman said scheduling Santorum for the event took a few weeks of effort.

“You try to reach out to people and get them to pull some strings for you,” Weidman said Tuesday.

Santorum, a senator from 1995 to 2007, has been popular in the area, Weidman said.

“He had a lot of support here, in Fulton County and all over central Pennsylvania,” he said.

Last year, U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Pa., served as the dinner’s keynote speaker. Weidman said he hopes this year’s activities serve to drum up support for local GOP candidates, many of whom will be in attendance, prior to the Nov. 6 election.

“We’re going to try to get people interested, pulled in. We want Pennsylvania to go Republican, and despite what the polls say, we think the state will be carried by Gov. (Mitt) Romney,” Weidman said.

Romney spoke at the party’s Lincoln Day Dinner earlier in the year.

The GOP’s office in Chambersburg, Pa., has already handed out 750 Romney/Ryan bumper stickers and is registering first-time voters, Weidman said.

He said Santorum supports Romney’s candidacy after ending his own bid for the White House.

Tickets for the dinner are $50 for adults and $25 for youths up to age 18. The menu includes roast beef, baked chicken and side items.

Call 717-263-7999 or email for details.

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